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Volume 1, Issue 9

In This Edition

July 19, 2016

Volume 1, Issue 9

NIH DPC Newsletter

Consortium Team Updates

Comings and Goings

Please join us in thanking and welcoming those who are joining or leaving the DPC! As a new feature on the Consortium Newsletter, this section will provide updates on the coming and goings of DPC personnel and individuals associated with the consortium. For more on our new team members and members transitioning to new roles, read on.
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Mentee and Coach Applications Open for Two NRMN Grant Writing Coaching Groups

The National Research Mentoring Network's grant-writing coaching groups are more than just 1-2 day workshops. Each model is an intensive program for junior investigators to work closely with experienced faculty members and peers on the grantsmanship of an National Institutes of Health grant proposal.   There are two NRMN research grant-writing coaching groups, each with two distinct cohorts accepting applications for Fall 2016 including a new cohort for NRMN's Proposal Preparation Program meeting at the University of California, Davis. 
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MyNRMN and Other Enhancements to NRMNet Portal in July

As of July 2016, The National Research Mentoring Network will be upgrading the NRMNet platform to enhance users' experience on the NRMNet user portal system. 
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2016 Health Equity Leadership Institute Features Sessions by NRMN

Scholars participate in two National Research Mentoring Network Mentor Training Modules at University of Wisconsin, Madison campus the week of June 13 during the 7th annual Health Equity Leadership Institute.
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Mentor Certifications Offered by NRMN - Now Accepting Applications

NRMN has just formally launched its Mentor Certification program. Mentors from around the country can now apply on the NRMNet.net website to be recognized via certificate as an NRMN Mentor, NRMN Certified Mentor, or NRMN Master Mentor, depending on their level of experience and demonstrated expertise as a mentor.
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Topics and Speakers Announced: NRMN Health Research Talks

Starting in late July 2016, the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) will be releasing a series of videos on health disparities research entitled NRMN Health Research Talks. The 8-video series will provide professional development information for junior faculty planning research careers as independent investigators in fields related to community-based health and health disparities. NRMN announces the complete list of topics and speakers for the series.
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NRMN-CAN June 2016 Postdoc Mentor Training Workshop at Big Ten Conference Center

The National Research Mentoring Network Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Network (NRMN-CAN) hosted a Mentor Training Workshop for Postdocs on June 19-21, 2016. 27 postdocs from 13 Universities throughout the Committee on Institutional Cooperation network participated in the workshop which was held in the Big Ten Conference Center in Rosemont, IL.
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Subsistence Health in Rural Communities Engaging Students in Biomedical Research

The Biomedical Learning and Student Training program at the University of Alaska takes a One Health approach to engage students from rural Alaska, one of the most remote areas in North America. Subsistence lifestyles are especially common and greatly impact the well-being of communities and individuals. The One Health concept resonates with rural Alaskans as it advocates that humans, animals, and the environment share one health because their interactions are extensive and they have all-encompassing impacts on one another.
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NRMN at ABRCMS 2016 in Tampa Bay

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) will have an official presence at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.
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Applications Open for New Advisory Roles in NRMN Grantwriting Coaching Groups

The National Research Mentoring Network is proud to announce the addition of three formal content-based advisory roles to its list of opportunities for senior investigators and researchers to become involved in guiding mentees within one of the four models of grant-writing coaching group offered through NRMN's Professional Development Core.
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University of Pittsburgh Launches NRMN PROMISED Program for Mentor Training

This July, the National Research Mentoring Network is proud to announce that applications are now open for mentors to participate in the Professional Skills Development for Mentors' curricular program, entitled Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity.
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CEC Insider's Report

Special Issue Deadline Reminder

Please remember to submit the first drafts of your Special Issue Chapters by the end of day on Sunday, July 31. Please email them to Sylvia Hurtado (sylvia.hurtado@gmail.com) and cc Jim Morrison (jmorrison@mednet.ucla.edu) and Damani Lewis(damaniklewis@gmail.com).
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OMB Clearance *Update*

We are one step closer! The second 30-day comment period ended July, 22. The CEC expects to receive any comments that need to be addressed in the next couple of weeks. We are hopeful that clearance can occur by Sept. 1. Stay tuned for any updates that might be coming over email between now and the next newsletter publication!
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Annual Meeting *Update*

Kind reminder that the 2016 Annual Meeting for the Diversity Program Consortium supported by the National Institutes of Health will be held October 11th and 12th in Long Beach, California. This event is by invitation only and registration will open the first week of August. Additional details will be shared via email.
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People in Biomedicine

Blake Riggs, PhD, and Teaster Baird, PhD

Doctors Blake Riggs and Teaster Baird reached milestones in their professorial careers. Effective fall 2016 Blake Riggs, PhD, will be promoted to Associate Professor of Biology with tenure, and Teaster Baird, PhD, will be promoted to full Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Dr. Riggs joined the San Francisco State University faculty in 2010 and Dr. Baird joined in 2002. Both are recipients of the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award that recognizes excellence in teaching and research. Dr. Riggs is the SF BUILD Liaison to the National Research Mentoring Network and leads a near-peer mentoring project. Dr. Baird is Co-Leader of the SF BUILD Student Training Core.
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Rebekah Hare

Rebekah Hare is a Laboratory Research and Teaching Technician (LRTT) with BLaST. She completed her PhD in Biology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) in 2014, focused on Francisella pathogenicity. Rebekah is also adjunct faculty at Iḷisaġvik College in Barrow, AK and Co-I on the BLaST Pilot Project: Arctic Microbes. She lives her personal motto “work hard, play hard” in the lab and classroom, as well as, in roller derby bouts and long trail rides on her horse. Every year, Rebekah mentors 10 or more students including those from UAF and Iḷisaġvik. She directs independent study courses for several students receiving credit for the class, as well as fosters their lab experience and guides them on their chosen career path.
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In The News

What Minority-Serving Institutions Can Teach Other Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports "Minority-serving institutions, often laboring under tight budgets, educate students who face many challenges. More than half of the students enrolled in these institutions receive Pell Grants, nearly half are the first in their family to attend college and many struggle with inadequate academic preparation. Yet these colleges have had a significant impact."
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Why Don't Young Scientists Get More Grants? Often They Don't Apply

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports, "After years of puzzling over how its grant-review process might be shortchanging younger scientists, the National Institutes of Health appears to have figured out a more fundamental truth: There just aren’t enough of them applying."
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To Diversify the Faculty, Start Here

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports colleges across the country are developing programs where groups underrepresented in Ph.D. programs and in faculty ranks can have a sense of community and thrive. "If the nation’s colleges are going to succeed at diversifying the professoriate, work has to be done here, at this crucial point in the pipeline. It’s a concern commonly cited by students and others demanding that their campuses improve their climate on race: Even as the student body grows more diverse, the faculty has remained stubbornly white. Only about 12 percent of full-time faculty members are black, Hispanic, or Native American."
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How Do You Create a Diversity Agenda?

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on colleges creating a diversity agenda and their efforts to put it into action.
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UAF program educates students on the geological vastness of Alaska

Daily News-Miner reports "33 rising high school freshmen and sophomores from the North Slope and Northwest Arctic who flew to Fairbanks this summer. They took a six-day geologic field trip along the Parks Highway and surrounding areas as part of the GeoFORCE Alaska program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks."
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Women in STEM: An Insider’s Perspective

Solar Novus Today reports, "According to a survey done by the US Census Bureau, women account for less than 25% of those working in STEM fields, despite making up nearly half of the workforce."
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2016 Diversity Consortium's Annual Meeting

Event Date: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 to Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Location: Long Beach, California

2016 ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Course

Event Date: Fri, Aug 12, 2016 to Sun, Aug 14, 2016

Reminder: Register for SACNAS 2016

Event Date: Mon, Aug 01, 2016 to Wed, Oct 12, 2016

2016 SACNAS Conference

Event Date: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 to Sat, Oct 15, 2016

Location: Long Beach, California Long Beach Convention Center

SACNAS e-news: Best of 2015 conference

Event Date: Tue, Oct 13, 2015 to Thu, Oct 15, 2015

2016 GSA Pre-Conference Workshop

Event Date: Wed, Nov 16, 2016

About Us

The NIH Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) Newsletter is intended to provide updates and announcements from DPC team members, highlight news related to diversity and professionals from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical science, share progress on the collaborative efforts within the Coordination & Evaluation Center at UCLA (CEC) to inform Working Group's achievements, and ultimately serve as the main avenue to DPC-wide communications.

The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.